Yair Lapid 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Finance Minister Yair Lapid lashed out at haredi Knesset members Monday evening
in his first speech in the Knesset since joining the cabinet.
not expected to speak in the Knesset plenum on Monday, but speeches by haredi
MKs angered him and he decided to respond.
“This government is built on
hatred,” United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush said in a speech that upset Lapid.
“It is a government of people with no experience in public service.
only care about how their picture looks on Facebook.”
Lapid also came
under fire from haredi MKs for posting on Facebook on Shabbat.
responded that he could write whatever he wanted on Facebook and do whatever he
wants on Shabbat, and defended the make-up of the government.
such a thing as a government without haredim,” Lapid told UTJ MKs. “The country
has stopped getting instructions from you. We were sick of it. That’s why you no
longer control the Finance Committee. You were part of the government that
created the deficit that I must fix. You weren’t the cheapest coalition
Shas chairman Eli Yishai responded by calling Lapid’s speech
arrogant and mockingly asking him why he made haredim sound so
The coalition easily defeated seven no-confidence motions, most
of which were on economic issues.
“The opposition voted no-confidence in
the state budget even though no one knows what is in it,” Lapid said.